The title of my article is pretty self-explanatory. There is so much content on the web that sometimes it is hard to keep up with all that is happening, and read everything. Fortunately for us, in this day and age, and like Apple advertises, there is an app for that: Pocket.
This application was founded in 2007 and has since managed to attract more than 10 million users. With Pocket, you can save pretty much every content you find on the Internet and access it anytime when you log in with your free account. It is a super easy to use tool; you just have to install the pocket button on you web browser when you go on getpocket.com, and there is even an app version available on Max OS X, Android and iOS. So whenever you come across interesting content on the web, whether it is an article, a video or an animated gif, you just have to clic on the pocket button, and it will save everything for you. The syncing between devices is smooth, and works as advertised. You can even access saved content offline when you use the mobile application.
The main appeal of Pocket is to be able to save content you enjoy when you browse the web, but suddenly run out of time to explore them. However, this app has become more than just a content saving wonder, and is now very polished and focused on user experience with useful features like ”highlights”, and color-coded badges such as ”best of”, and ”trending”. Adding to that, there are now more than 300 applications compatible with Pocket.
Because of its refined user-interface, Pocket can become a useful tool to integrate in research projects or presentations. Consequently, the pedagogical possibilities become interesting. You can make your students discover this great application so they can save articles about homophones, synonyms, antonyms, nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. If they have a research project, it is now easy for them to save their sources, and use them as they complete their assignment. You can also ”send articles to other people by email, or -even better- straight to other Pocket users’‘. Most importantly, as a teacher, you can save any content you want to show to your classroom in an efficient way. You don’t have to create a word document with all the links you want to open during your class, or to send yourself an email with all these links. You just have to save your stuff on Pocket and wait for your class to start. No more hurdles. Pocket helps you save and share content in a more convenient way, and I look forward to use it in my future classrooms.